Second half goals from Nolan and Payne see great Town fightba
Shrewsbury: Dean Henderson, Ben Godfrey (Stefan Payne, 32) Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Whalley, Abu Ogogo, Carlton Morris (Lenell John-Lewis, 86), Luke Hendrie, Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala and Alex Rodman.
Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Max Lowe, Nathan Thomas, Lenell John-Lewis, Bryn Morris, Sam Jones and Stefan Payne.
Scunthorpe: Matt Gilks, Murray Wallace, Funso Ojo, Ivan Toney, Josh Morris, Neal Bishop (Jordan Clarke, 68), Tom Hopper, Duane Holmes (Hakeeb Adelakun, 68), Cameron Burgess, Rory McArdle and Ryan Yates.
Subs: Rory Watson, Jordan Clarke, Conor Townsend, Hakeeb Adelakun, Charlie Goode, Cameron McGeehan and Kyle Wootton.
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Assistants: Duncan Street and Richard Wigglesworth
Fourth Official: Marc Edwards
Attendance: 3,824 (463 from Town)
Team News: Town side an unchanged 11 from the previous game. On the bench, Sam Jones is brought into the match day squad and replaces Arthur Gnahoua.
Town managed to secure another away win against Scunthorpe, in tough conditions for Town at a Snowy Glanford Park. Goals from Jon Nolan and Stefan Payne secured all three points for the visitors.
It wasn’t until the seventh minute till either team had a chance. Ivan Toney broke down the left wing causing confusion for Dean Henderson and Aristote Nsiala, which lead to Nsiala fouling Toney and receiving a yellow card. Josh Morris hit the free kick and it looped over Henderson giving The Iron the early lead.
Shortly after, Scunthorpe were pilling on more pressure, a chance fell for Duane Homes, but the Scunthorpe midfielder lashed the ball off the bar from inside the box.
Neither team were dominating play with 25 minutes left of the half. Both sides were battling hard for the ball in what was turning out to be a scrappy start to the game.
Town were awarded a corner in the 22nd minute, after Alex Rodman was driving into the box dangerously. Shaun Whalley delivered in a cross but Abu Ogogo couldn’t quite get the ball from under his feet and Scunthorpe cleared the ball.
Town had another chance five minutes later, Ben Godfrey hit a low driven cross but the ball fizzed just past the post.
Henderson made a great save in the 40th minute, denying the home side a two-goal advantage. Morris tried to curl a shot around Henderson but Towns keeper made himself big and saved the shot.
Scunthorpe were awarded a penalty shortly after. Carlton Morris was deemed to have brought down Toney. Henderson saved the penalty, which was stuck by Scunthorpe’s Morris. Keeping the deficit to just one goal.
Town went into the half time break a goal down, after a tough first half for the visitors.
Six minutes into the second half, Jon Nolan scored the equaliser for Town. Nolan passed the ball into the box and found Morris who slipped the ball back into the midfielder who slotted the ball past Matt Gilks, bringing the score line level.
As town were growing into the game, The Shrews were awarded a penalty after Toney brought down Nolan in the box in the 59th minute. Payne thrashed the ball into the top left corner giving the Scunthorpe keeper no chance and Town the lead.
Scunthorpe captain Rory McArdle was given a yellow card for a late challenge on Omar Beckles, as the left back was making headway down the wing.
With 70 minutes on the clock, neither team could keep a possession of the ball and create any chances in the tough snowy conditions.
Town were awarded a free kick in the 82nd minute, the ball fell to Abu Ogogo from a Whalley delivery but he narrowly missed the target and struck the ball off the bar.
Town ground out the remaining 20 minutes by keeping possession and took home all three points. The second half lacked much goalmouth action but The Shrews came away with the win at a tough game away at Scunthorpe United.
Scunthorpe 1-2 Shrewsbury Town.